14 June 2006 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 3 comments

One of the things that I’m really excited about for the history of the 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry is the collection of illustrations that I’ve accumulated over the years. I have photos of more than 70 members of the regiment plus a bunch of other associated illustrations. They run the gamut from photos of the two regimental monuments at Gettysburg to contemporary woodcuts of the Lancers in the field, to a handsome Winslow Homer painting of Rush’s Lancers in the field in 1862. All told the book will have something in the range of 80 illustrations and about 15 maps. Finding a publisher who would permit me to use/include all of this stuff was critical to my efforts; I didn’t go to all of the trouble of collecting all of this stuff not to include it. For instance, I own a tintype of Lt. William Carey of the Lancers that has never before been published, so I’m really excited about the fact that it will be included. I’ve also gotten a number of photos from descendants of veterans of the regiment that obviously have never been published, either.

The flip side of this equation, however, is that I have spent the last two evenings huddled over the flat-bed scanner upstairs, diligently scanning all of these images. Fortunately, we have a new scanner that’s much faster than our old one, or it would take me about a week to get all of these images scanned. It’s tedious work that doesn’t require much in the way of intellectualism, but it has to be done. So, I turn on Radio Margaritaville and listen to Jimmy Buffett while I slog away at the scanning. I have one photo left to do, and then the maps, and then this particular job is finished. Good riddance, if you ask me.

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  1. Wed 14th Jun 2006 at 9:49 pm

    I had to scan many pictures for a small fee. It took my wife and I a week to complete. It is time consuming, no matter how fast the scanner.

    In addtion, I ran across your blog due to my search for blogs about the Civil War. A nice find. I will be adding you to my list of blog reads.

  2. Thu 15th Jun 2006 at 10:22 am

    Thanks, and I hope you will visit often.


  3. michael Cummings
    Thu 27th Oct 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I am a descendant of a Rush’s Lancer company “H” I would love to have a copy of the items you scanned have you published these?

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